My Next 30 Years


I’m still debriefing from my birthday.

I had to look up Randy Stonehill on my birthday. I get what his song is saying, but I can’t relate one bit. I did, however, find out that he’ll be playing in Indianapolis right after I move there. I might need to satiate my CCM fixation for the year.

Then I thought about the Tim McGraw song “My next 30 years.”

I remembered the post on Things to do in your 20s. I don’t think I ever intended to do everything on the list, beings as some of it is humor from the authors, however, I was drawn to the intent: live a life where you can tell stories and convey meaning and depth.

But since I do appreciate crossing items off a list, here’s my update on those suggestions, and some adjustments, etc.

100 Things to Do in Your Twenties from TwentySomeone
Craig Dunham & Doug Serven

1. See the Grand Canyon
2. Get the libretto, learn the words, and then take in a great musical or opera.
a. Perform in an opera – chorus member counts

Me with Marcello Giordani

3.Go to Africa
4. Read great books. Pick out a list and start working through it.
a. I’m starting with the Newbery Medal winners
5. Meet with God every day.
6. Get out of debt.
7. Learn another language.
8. Go on a mission trip.
9. Reconcile with your parents and siblings.
10. Buy some original art and hang it up in your home.
11. Listen to classical music
12. Climb one of the fourteeners in Colorado (or the Alps for that matter)
13. Do something crazy—skydiving, swimming with dolphins, running with the bulls, etc.
a. (Move to a new state because God leads, despite all logic.)
14. Invest in understanding yourself by getting some counseling while you’re young
15. Decide to marry only the Right Person in the Right Way at the Right Time. Don’t settle for anything else.
16. Occasionally give money away when it doesn’t make financial sense.

17. Adopt a team and root for them.
a. Still looking for one and taking suggestions
18. Take your kids, nieces, or nephews to a game of the team you’ve adopted
19. See the castles and cathedrals in European cities
20. Read through the Bible several times and get to know what’s in it
21. Make true friends and keep them

22. Recycle, and start a compost pile
23. Learn to like Bob Dylan. He’s worth it

24. Paint, draw, write, sculpt, create
25. Know what you believe and why. Truth matters.
a. Orthodox catechism
26. Pay off your credit cards every month
27. Swim in the ocean
28. Pray at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem and walk where Jesus walked
29. Thank your teachers
30. Put some money in mutual funds
31. Drink strong black coffee and grind your own beans
32. Learn to make a dish that becomes your specialty
a. Biscuits and Sausage Gravy

b. Scones
c. Bacon, Potato, Corn Chowder

33. Write letters like songs and songs like letters
34. See the Egyptian pyramids
35. Become a member of a church and get involved there
36. Encourage your pastor
37. Visit your grandparents
38. Mentor someone younger than you (I’m a Godmother!)
39. Take five hundred spontaneous road trips that don’t have a purpose. Just have fun on the road.

Glorious times at the Ren Fair with these lovely ladies.

40. Plant some roses or tulips or rhubarb or anything and then learn to take care of them.
41. Memorize Bible verses
42. Vote
43. Read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien at least twice
44. Listen to Garrison Keillor
45. Go to a pro hockey game and sit as close to the rink as possible
a. Does a Wichita Thunder game count?
46. Learn to play and instrument, however poorly. Take lessons. It will help your other creative endeavors and you may just love it.
a. Or start life as a performer?
47. Turn off the television
48. Go whale watching
49. Read the newspaper every day
50. Go to nursing homes and hang out with the elderly every now and then.
51. Keep a journal
52. Record an album of original music and lyrics and keep it for posterity, even if the quality is poor
53. Send hand-written thank-you notes
54. Visit your friends where they live now, and enjoy the time catching up
55. Learn to take good pictures and throw out the ones that are bad so they don’t clutter up your desk
56. Join a local softball, hockey, basketball, or volleyball league. And play nice.
57. Build your personal library
58. Give away your stuff.
59. Come up with a realistic and workable filing system so you know where important things are and you can find them when you need them.
60. Disable your call waiting and just talk to whoever you were talking to in the first place.
61. Be mindful of the gas level in your car (and do something about it!)
62. If you’re married, don’t wait too long to have kids.
63. Call people older than you “sir” and “ma’am” just to be courteous
64. Listen to good teaching tapes
65. Fast once a month
66. Clean your refrigerator and your bathroom regularly
67. Volunteer
68. Know where the best parks and used bookstores are in your town and visit them frequently
69. Camp out every once in a while, and enjoy sleeping under the stars
70. Always buy used cars.
71. Hang up a world map somewhere in your home
72. Celebrate holidays for the real reasons they were created
73. At least once a month or so, get up early and make sure you see the sun come up
74. Keep a “People and Praise” file so that when you get notes of thanks and affirmation, you can keep them for when you’re feeling blah
75. If you’re single, invite over your married friends; if you’re married, invite over your single friends.
76. Eat popcorn and apples on Sunday nights.
77. Attend community theater, no matter what the review in the local paper says
78. Call talk-radio shows and make good points if you get on
79. Allow people at least one quirk
80. Start a book club with nonbelievers
81. Be gracious (especially in public) when you don’t get your way.
82. Sew together a blanket out of all your old t-shirts so you don’t have to throw them away just because you don’t wear them anymore.
a. Learn to Sew usable apparel
83. If you have a hobby, invest in good equipment so you can do it well
84. Throw a surprise party for someone
85. Try to develop the habit of eating meals at the same times each day
86. Get a library card and use it at least once a month
87. Take walks
88. Get to know the person who delivers your mail
89. Go to free art shows and pretend you’re at the Louvre
90. Get some of your wedding pictures taken in black and white
91. When you eat out, forgo the chains and support local establishments
92. If you own a vehicle, keep it from becoming a pigsty
93. Go to the dentist and the eye doctor regularly
94. Bring doughnuts or bagels to the office for your coworkers every now and then
95. Sing hymns or original songs to your kids before you go to bed.
96. Seek out someone to mentor you
97. Look at your baby pictures and reflect on where you’ve been since they were taken
98. Talk to store clerks
99. Start to memorize the Westminster Shorter Catechism
100. In everything you do, seek to answer the question, “Who am I?”

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